Keeping Plecostomus (Sucker Fish)

The main reason most fish owners keep sucker fish is because they clean the sides of their tank. But plecostomus are interesting pets in their own right.

Plecostomus are the algae eating sucker fish you see clinging to the sides of aquariums. The main reason most fish owners keep them is to have them clean the sides of the tanks, but I think they are interesting fish in their own right. There are a few things that many first time owners don’t seem to be aware of that results in a lot of fish deaths, so I hope that this guide will help improve your chances.

Selection

The size of the fish you select depends on the size of the tank you are putting it in. you don’t want a baby to maintain a 60 gallon tank, and you don’t want squeeze a 16 inch adult into a ten gallon one either. Keep in mind that these fish can grow up to 18 inches or more.

Enclosure

One thing you should not do is place a sucker fish in a brand new tank; it can starve to death. Algae won’t grow on a new tank for about a week, during which time your fish will have nothing to eat unless you take special precautions which I will explain later on. For the tank itself, a standard setup for any kind of fish should do: filter, aeration, clean water. One exception you do have to make is the temperature. plecostomus are tropical fish, so they need slightly warmer water. A heating lamp or pad should do the trick. Keep in mind that these fish are primarily nocturnal and like to hide during the day, so give them some kind of structure in the tank they can attach to out of sight. It’s also normal for them to squeeze behind a filter or air hose.

Food

As their nickname points out, algae eaters eat algae off the walls of fish tanks which is why they are so popular. However, as I pointed out before, algae will not grow on a brand new tank for some time. If you are dead set on getting a plecostomus right away, here are some tricks to keep it alive until it has something to clean. The easy way is to give them a vacation feeder block. This is a kind of brick of food people give their fish when they have to go away for awhile. Your sucker fish will attach himself to it and eat his fill. If you can’t get hold of one of these, then you can use regular fish flakes, but keep in mind that plecostomus are nocturnal and relatively slow compared to most aquarium fish. They will usually eat all the food before the sucker fish can get any, so you have to feed them at night, preferably just before you turn off the lights. This lets the flakes fall to the bottom where your algae eater can find them. After your fish gets used to the tank, it will start to come out in the afternoon instead of night and might even swim upside-down on the surface to snatch up some floating flakes.

Friends

Plecostomus are pretty good with other fish. There are a few exceptions, but as long as you keep all of your fish well fed their shouldn’t be a problem. Larger plecostomus have been known to attach themselves to sleeping goldfish and scrape their scales off when hungry, and cichlids can kill plecostomus by eating out their eyes. Other than that, there isn’t much that can hurt an algae eater. They have strong armor and spines to prevent this. Even aquatic turtles are reluctant to attack a large sucker fish, so you shouldn’t have to worry.

Handling

I can’t imagine why anyone would want to handle a fish, but if for whatever reason you decide you need to pick your sucker fish up, be careful, they have sharp spins on their dorsal and pectoral fins, and they will jab you if they feel threatened.

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  1. pleco

    On August 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    wow you could not be more wrong if you even tried to explain how all humans grow to be 2 inches tail and eat wood chips. Please for gods sake Read planetcatfish.com. Only about hmm 20 or 30 of the 900+ plecostumus eat algae those that do don’t eat it.. They scrap the algae off eat the protein layers under the algae then ingest the rest. more than 75% of the ingested material comes out as waste. (that wastes nutrients then contribute to make more algae!) Second the plecostomous your referring to what one would that be? seeing as you narrowed it down to one of the Pterygoplichthys or hypostomus familys that narrows it down to about 5
    Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps
    Hypostomus commersoni
    Pterygoplichthys sp.
    Hypostomus regani
    however judging from the fact your an idiot you probably shelled our 5 dollar at walmart for this thing that leaves you with this:
    Pterygoplichthys pardalis. This pleco i am very familiar with since i have breed and raised them for several years now…
    please for the sake of that fish read this
    http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/species.php?species_id=88
    Feeding Omnivorous and a good algae eater, especially when young.
    that means it doesn’t just eat algae

    Before you start writing help articles than adding them to fire foxes stumbles think that maybe someone with just little sense might show up and make you look like an idiot. (which you are) Well this time thats me.

  2. Togot

    On August 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Pleco, I have to admit I was very conflicted on whether or not to delete your comment, but since I write these care sheets to help people, and you are providing helpful information and links, I’ll keep it, though I do wish you would have been slightly more mature and less insulting. I purchased my plecostomus from petco to deal with the algae problem in my fish tank, which he has done. Before I purchased him, I had a lot of algae buildup on the sides of my tank. It’s been over a year now, and the glass is still clean and the fish is healthy. I questioned the store staff and checked with several online sources, along with my own experience to write this sheet, and it’s meant as a basic guide for people who are first time owners, not breeders who or collectors. Thank you for the links, but remember, a little tact goes a long way.

  3. sam

    On September 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you for the posting…but no name calling everyone is doing this for fun.

  4. DD

    On December 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    NOTICE: When your pleco gets larger he or she will need to be fed algae wafers or you may feed them slices of zucchini. I attach a piece of the squash to a rock with a rubber band. My pleco LOVES it. Remember, as plecos get bigger then must have more than the algae to eat or they will starve or start eating the other fish.

  5. Me

    On January 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Hey pleco, just to inform you, you are the idiot, im sure anyone else who has read your comments will agree. Someone is trying to help people out, and all you can do is insult them, the page is here to inform, not insult. Since you think you know everything, you probably dont think you need spell checker……but actually, you do!

  6. josh

    On January 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Hey, does anyone agree that pleco writer sucks more… than the fish do!

  7. Lorraine

    On February 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I have two pleco’s and one constantly sucks onto the glass above the water line! he/she is about 1/3 of the way out and stays that ways for 30 minutes or so with no apparent problems. He’s a fish! How can it live with it’s head out of the water???

  8. Togot

    On February 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Lorraine, Plecos can survive longer than other fish outside of water due to an evolutionary adaptation. Some of them even jump out of their tanks seeking greener pastures and can be returned after some time if they have not fully dried out

  9. FE

    On February 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I am having very back luck so far with sucker fish. Purchased one a few months back to keep the tank clean which it did a grand job with. It did however die after 2 or 3 months. What could have caused this? I have learned from this site that they are tropical fish, something which wasn’t explained when I bought it. My tank has not heating or light, could this have been the problem? I also thought that as the tank was so clean perhaps he starved so when I purchased the second fish I always bought a thing of food for sucker fish to ‘top up’ with. We unfortunately now have dark coloured rocks and although I have spent many hours looking for this second fish today, he seems to have vanished!! He didnt move around the tank in the way that the first one did and always seemed to hide, however, I have searched good and hard! He also hasnt kept the tank clean. I bought a third one today to help the second one out a bit. Do I need to buy a lamp for the tank, is that the problem here? Or could the gold fish have eaten the second fish?? Any comments would be appreciated

  10. Togot

    On February 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    FE, I doubt the goldfish ate him, placos are armored pretty well. They do have a tendency to jump out of the tank though, this might be what happened to the second one. Did you look on the floor around the tank? A tank heater does a better job of warming the water than a heat lamp does, and too much cold can kill them.

  11. Fiona Edson

    On February 11, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for getting back Togot. The saga continues! Second fish appeared (was just hiding very well!) when the third one was introduced at weekend. Seemed a lot happier with company?? However, today third one has died. No sign once again of second fish. Having such bad luck, don\’t understand where I\’m going wrong. The sucker fish and kept with the coldwater cold fish at the Pet shops without trouble. If I heat the water, I will then have the goldfish dying. Any advice??

  12. Togot

    On February 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Fiona Edson, If you keep the temperature around 70 degrees they should all be fine.

  13. dexter

    On February 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Hello out there. I got myself a little (but for how long?) Plecostomus today, to help with the algae. Prior to him, I went through 3 separate little algae eaters. None of them survived. I discovered it was most likely because the water temp was about 65. Brrrr! Got a heater in there now. My new fish is so cute! He blends right in with the rocks. There’s lots of algae on the walls of my five gal tank, and I have one adult Platy, along with two “baby” Platy (big surprise with those appearing), and two Rasaurous (spelling NOT correct). I had to put the other adult Platy and two other baby Platy into a separate tank. I never planned on babies, never even considered that. This is so much fun. My cat loves to keep a keen eye on them all. Just wanted to share. Enjoyed reading everybody’s posts, too.

  14. Jay

    On March 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Help!!! I find that my plecostomus fins are not as healthy as they once was. Had him for 5 years now since he was a little baby, LOL
    I know alot about his care overall, he is 10 inches now. what can I do about his fins.

  15. Justme102

    On March 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Someone told me it has to do with the water. so I checked it and it is not good at all. Now where do I start to adjust his water? and what is the most important thing i should do first, Help!!!!

  16. Togot

    On March 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Jay, if he is suffering form fin rot, there are a number of water additives that can be used to help treat him. You should be able to find these at your local pet store.

    Justme102, fish water has to be changed when it starts to get dirty. When doing this you should take some of the water in the tank and put it into a holding container where you can keep you fish while you dispose of the rest. Once you cleaned the tank and changed the water, put the holding container, which is usually a small plastic bag into the new water for several minutes to allow the temperatures to equal out. This will prevent causing your fish shock when you place them back in the tank. There are also several ways to remove chlorine from the water to keep you fish healthy as well. A filter helps cut down how frequently you need to change the water, but nothing that I know of keeps water changes from being a necessity of owning aquatic pets.

  17. fishgeek

    On April 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    To Fiona Edison:

    Goldfish are coldwater fish, and Plecos are tropical fish. They aren’t supposed to be kept together for that reason. If you adjust the temperature to suit one species, the other suffers. You could try to find a “happy medium”, but then all the fish will possibly suffer. Of course, I’ve heard stories of goldfish who live well in warm water, so you may want to try raising the water temperature slowly (no more than 1-2 degrees per day) with an adjustable submersible heater until it’s at about 72-74 degrees. (That temperature it about the lowest recommended for plecos and the highest recommended for goldfish, so with any luck it’ll work for both.)

    Also, you’re probably acclimating your fish the wrong way. I bet the store told you to just float the bag for about 15 minutes and then release everything into the tank right? That’s the wrong way to do it. You have no idea how the store’s water parameters (nitrates, pH, hardness, etc) compare to your tank’s. The proper way to acclimate them is to open the bag, and slowly remove water from the bag and replace it with water from the tank until the bag’s water has been replaced with your tank water. The process usually takes about an hour. Buying a cheap turkey baster from walmart works well for this. Every 10 minutes, remove some water and dispose of it (anywhere from 15-25 percent, you can just eyeball it) and replace it. At the end of the hour you can release your pleco (or any other fish) either by dumping the whole bag in, or by netting it out (or using a container to scoop it out). I usually net or scoop it out of the bag because fish contained in bags produce a lot more ammonia (waste) because of stress. You might also want to add some Stress Coat (you can find it at a pet store or any store with a fish section, like walmart) whenever you add a new fish.

    Another tip is to add Prime to your tank when doing your weekly water changes to get rid of chlorine and help detoxify most of everything that can be harmful to your fish.

    If you do all of this and your plecos still die, take a sample of your tank water to Petco or PetSmart and ask them to test your water. If your water’s fine, then you might want to give up on trying to house Plecos with Goldfish.

  18. betta625

    On May 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I have a cray fish and a plecostomus. Will the pleco fight him once they mature?

  19. Togot

    On May 5, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Betta625, it is possible that the crawdads will eat the pleco if they are able to overpower it.

  20. len

    On May 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    having a lot of problems keeping plecos have lost 5 or 6 of them in the last few months they just keep dying have fed them pleco tablet food the water is the right temperture other fish in tank are fine can anyoone help

  21. scorpio13

    On May 9, 2010 at 3:13 am

    .you could need more oxygen in tank. mature plecs will usually eat 5-6 algae wafers a day, maybe you are underfeeding.

    My plec is around 12″ and I have had him for around 6 years with no problems. He goes absolutely mad for Brussel Sprouts he gets one a week or so.

  22. alecia

    On August 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I feel really random for putting this out there, but I have had my pleco for almost seven years and I’ve found that she thrives in cooler water, around 65. Also, i have no idea if she is actually a she and i was wondering if anyone can tell me how to tell.

  23. jacqui

    On October 4, 2010 at 9:45 am

    hi ive had my plec now for some yrs he is a very big boy and has allways seemed happy in the tank just today tho i noticed his scales are all patchy sounds daft but its as if he is shedding his skin he is dark in colour and the patches are all light my water and food have never been a problem he shares the tank with 4 clown loach and various other species so i was wondering what i should do if anything he is fed well enough wafers and also cucumber but he does look awfull any suggestions please

  24. joe 123

    On October 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Well jaqui I would suggest, try grabing him or she with your hand if you can and then try to take all that roten skin of or IT will probebly DIEEEE!!! becouse it has skin rot.

  25. joe123

    On October 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I MEANT JACKI LOL

  26. Togot

    On October 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Jacqui, it may be skin rot. Removing it can be a difficult process, but adding an additive to help prevent it form happening again. I use aquasafe myself.

  27. joe123

    On October 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    NO NO NO aquasafe wont work i all ready did that it only killed my pleco so you better try somthing else .

  28. joe123

    On October 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

    do not listen to togot he is just a bad suggestor… sory togot BUT ITS THE TRUTH jacqui ok…
    no hard fellings?

  29. Sony

    On November 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

    My suckerfish (Bob) Is in a tank that is way to small. (I\’m working on trying to get him into one that is big enough.) He was my sisters fish and she wasn\’t taking care of him so I took him. He is changing in color value, he will go from being \”normal\” to being extremely dark, and to being so light you almost can\’t see his pattern. And just today when I woke up I noticed that his back fin (i think its called a dorsal fin) is completely fanned out. I have never seen him do this before, only time I have ever seen him move that fin was when he was swiming and he only moved it the slightest bit. I don’t know if he is acting this way do to lack of space or maybe he’s not getting everything he needs in diet, I don\’t know. Please help?

  30. Togot

    On November 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Sony, the color change and fin twitching are probably signs of stress due to the smaller living situation.

  31. joe123

    On November 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    is not that TOGOT… listen SONY i have a plecoustumus my self and when he eats he always twitching his pectoral fin they just do it if they feel like it or if the need to swim faster and if yur fish does that DO NOT WORRY its only being him or her OK! i hope the was helpful for you sony.

  32. Kimber

    On January 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I was wondering if sucker fish will eat lettuce because I am completely redoing my tank because i got rid of all my gold fish and there’s nuthing for them to eat I have put a little flakes in there idk if they are eating it though some who truly knows what there talkin about please let me no…<3kimber

  33. Togot

    On January 26, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Kimber, plecos like most kinds of vegetation, but your fish flakes should be fine for them as well. They also like algae wafers and vacation blocks which people put in tanks when they won’t be around to feed them for awhile. I understand if you’re reluctant to take my word for it given some of the comments above, so here is a link to another site with more information on them.

    http://www.aqualandpetsplus.com/Catfish,%20Plecoctomus.htm

    Pleco’s manners not withstanding, the links he posted did have good information, and you should check them as well

  34. Linda Whilden

    On January 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I have an 18 inch pleco that I have had for several years. This morning I discovered he had jumped out of the 63 gal. tank and landed in my dog’s cage. He is still alive, but he is bloody and had almost completely dried out. I love Shamu and want to give him every chance for survival. Any ideas as to why he suddeny decided to run away from home or how to nurse him back to health? On a side note: I just had a big fish die-off. I tested my water. The ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates were all fine. All I have left is two one-inch clown loaches and two small polka dot cats.

  35. joe123

    On February 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Well he was not trying to run of. if you did not have a hood on your tank any fish coud jump out or maibe there was no oxigen on the tank and he went up for a gulp of air and maybe thats how he jumped out you shold check that otherwise any fish you put is going to jump out. I hope that was it .

  36. joe123

    On February 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Togot if you were the founder of this website… its a real great thing you know keep up the good work. thumbs up for togot!

  37. joe123

    On February 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    hey Togot my first pleco died (dont ask) and i got another pleco when I bought him he was three inches now he is five inches he is in a 14 gallon tank, now i know a 14 gallon tank is too small for a common pleco but i am already getting a 50 gallon tank, but is he in risk to die for the time being? he is very very healthy, i have cept him for 3 months in there he is looks very happy and active he does a great job at cleaning the tank, so i wanted to know if he is well or safe in the 14 gallon tank? o and is there a risk that when i put him in the 50 gallon tank that he is not going to grow much than 8 inches please an answer would be great help! thanks.

  38. Togot

    On February 7, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Linda Whilden, I’m sorry that it took so long to respond to your question. We just got hit by the worst blizzard in my lifetime, and my internet connection has been tenuous at best. I realize that by now your pet has either recovered on its own or, sadly, passed away, but if he is still hanging on, make sure you keep the water clean to avoid his wounds getting any infections. Plecos tend to jump out of their tank if they are uncomfortable with their surroundings or, as Joe said, there isn’t enough oxygen. Plecos can last a good while out of the water, so if you rehydrated him quickly, he has a decent chance. To avoid this in the future, make sure you have a good lid on the tank. Again, I’m sorry for not being able to answer this in a more timely manner.

  39. Togot

    On February 7, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Joe123, I did not make this website, I simply post articles on it, but thank you. As long as he has a good air pump, and food, he should be alright for the time being, but the cramped quarters might cause him a bit of stress, so the sooner you can expand his accommodations the better. Just make sure that when you transfer him to a larger tank, the water temperatures are about the same to reduce the shock on his system. A common pleco can grow to around 18 inches if given the room, so be prepared to end up with a large fish

  40. joe123

    On February 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Hey Togot am glad you got back at me i really aprishiate it that helps alot cuz I was searching for a article that said somthing of that sort and I guess i found it but would like to know if he is going to stay smaller when I put him in the 50 gallon tank because of me putting him in the smaller tank,thanks.

  41. Togot

    On February 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Joe123, having him in a smaller tank for a short while shouldn’t impede his growth once he gets moved to a larger enclosure

  42. joe123

    On February 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    But i have had him for three months in there so i think that could be a problem but i hope not. O and i would like to know what happens when you overdoes with a water clarifyer because the water was cristal clear and it sudden got very cloudy i already checked the water peremeters and cuallity and the ammonia i already fixed that but i went overboard and droped instead of 14 drops i think i puted 20 drops and i am worried cuz the water is not getting clear as it was before so i would like to know how i could fixe that another way then to do a partial water change. by the way thanks for getting back. please post a solution for my little problem cuz it is very dippresing to see my one time clear tank now cloudy.thanks

  43. Togot

    On February 21, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Joe123, I’ve never used a water clarifier, only purifiers, so I had to do some research for your question, but all I could really find is that if you heavily overdose, some clarifiers can become toxic, and the only way I could find to get rid of the fogginess if it doesn’t dissipate on its own is a water change.

  44. joe123

    On February 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    thanks Togot but i already fixed the problem i cleaned the filter and it cleaned the water.

  45. joe123

    On March 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    anyone i have four blood fin tetras and ten neon tetras and the bloodfins are picking on them they even killed one because they nipped on its tailfin so much they bit part of its body off and a few hours later it died and they keep on doing it to the other neons i dont know what to do cuz they already started on another one and hes so weak the current or the flow just takes him away any time anywere please help!

  46. Anon

    On June 10, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I’ve always felt Plecos to be nearly indestructible. At least for a competent aquarist. So when I read or hear someone saying “Mine keep dying on me!” it makes me cringe – with the urge to call the humane society on them…

    Barring freak accidents or old age(10+yrs!), the death of a Pleco is often because their owner does very little research on them beforehand. They see them as novelty pets to be ignored.

    Please folks, if you want to get a Pleco [or any other fish] then I ask you to research first! Don’t just let your fish die due to your ignorance. They may be cheap but neglect is torture, plain and simple.

    Research: Required temperature, Ph level, Kh level, water type (salt/brackish/fresh), community/solo fish, light level, MINIMUM tank size, max size of fish at adult stage, food requirements, possible diseases (signs!) they are prone to, and check to see if any disease they may get is infectious.

    Prepare: Buy vacation tablets/blocks, de-ich or other disease/healing medication, de-stress bath, de-chlorine, ph kit (find one that tests more than ph). All these can be found in a typical fish store. Ask for them!

    A good aquarist will know when they see a bad owner, with just a quick glance of the tank. Just like a good dog owner will know when someone else’s dog is neglected by seeing where the dog sleeps/plays.

    Be a good owner, please. Keep some happy fish!

  47. Siobhan

    On October 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

    PLEASE HELP HAVE VERY UPSET CHILDREN & MUM (ME),

    I am seeking some advice regarding a common Plecostomus fish I have had this fish in my tank for the last year. The tank holds 60 liters of water and there are 12 fish in the tank of different varieties. 2 days ago I done a water change about a third of the tank, I treated the water with API stress coat+ and Tetra Aquasafe I may have put a little too much of the stress coat and the aquasafe, 7 or 8 drops too much. The new water was cold and was added to the tank gradually.

    That evening my pleco started swimming erratically banging into the stones and swimming at the surface of the water all other fish behaved normally, later that night the pleco was going nuts in the tank and eventually settled under the filter, next morning the pleco was dead along with one other fish a small golden one with a long black pointy tail (sorry don’t know what breed) all other fish were fine and behaving normally.

    I took a sample of the water to my local pet shop and had it tested I was told the PH level in the water was too high I brought home PH testing strips and checked the tap water, tank water and a bottle of Spring water and they all tested with a ph level of between 8 & 8.5.

    I would like to get another pleco fish but don’t want to do so until I know what killed the last one as I don’t want it to happen again.

    I feed the fish a variety of food frozen blood worms, blood worm pellets, tropical fish flakes and bottom feeder wafers. The water is maintained at a temperature of 76 and 80 degrees F.

    We got our tank especially for that pleco fish we got him as a baby and he grew to 6 inches.

    Tears are flowing with my kids and they want to get another one
    but i am afraid in case he dies too ;-( can you please offer me some advice?
    Thank you so much
    Siobhan

  48. Mary

    On November 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I have a 33 gal tall rectangle tank with 2 rather large blood parrot cichlids that I’ve had for many years. I keep going through plecos (at least 1-2) each year for the past few years. I had an awesome one that lasted me over 5 years, but my heater malfunctoned and cooked all my fish in that one tank – cichlids were the only ones that made it.

    I feed algae wafers, check the water quality and clean the bottom substrate 2-3x/yr and also have a hiding spot for them during the day. I’m also starting off with larger size ones (4-6″ long) due to the size of the parrots. The one that just passed on I’ve had for at least 6-8 months and was healthy and eating. Early this week he disappeared and his skeletal remains were all that was left as of yesterday. There is brownish algae in the tank on my plants and things so I’m guessing that maybe it’s because the tank is getting crowded and they’re stressed?

    For anyone that asks, I have been a fish owner for over 15 years and I’ve had a variety of fresh water and salt water tanks during this time with much success.

  49. Kooky

    On November 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    It’s been fun reading about the pleco, though I do have a quick question. A friend of mine has taught her pleco a few tricks, like jumping out of the tank to eat a waffer out of her hand and stuff and even let her pet it. Is it possible to treat a pleco tricks, or is she just making up stories?

  50. Peaches

    On November 18, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Before we get a pleco:
    Is it possible to keep a pleco in a two gallon tank for now (if it\\\’s a small pleco) ? Does the tank still need to be cleaned once or twice a week, or do we allow it to \\\”build up\\\”

  51. Peaches

    On November 18, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Before we get a pleco:
    Is it possible to keep a pleco in a two gallon tank for now (if it\\\\\\\’s a small pleco) ? Does the tank still need to be cleaned once or twice a week, or do we allow it to \\\\\\\”build up\\\\\\\”

  52. Pleco friend

    On April 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

    We have had our Pleco for about 3 years and he has grown significantly. We returned from a week vacation to find that his belly is so bloated and distended and he is not moving around like he used to. he is the only pleco in the tank so we know he (she?) is not preggo. Any ideas

  53. Anthony

    On April 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I have a baby pleco about two inches i was just wondering how long will it take for him or her to get bigger?

  54. nicky

    On August 10, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Hi everyone I have a dilemma, you see I was given a young common pleco not two days ago because it’s previous owner couldn’t look after it anymore. However I put him in with my adult pleco to see how they would be because I wasn’t sure how he would react. I read up several articles to help me decide if I should introduce these fish and I went of the instinct that the adult plecos parental ability would kick in and to be honest they
    were fine together whenever I looked. Unfortunately this morning I Wiley to find my baby no where to be seen. Looking around I found him lying on the floor behind some bogwood in my tank. As I fetched him out I noticed his fins were torn and he looked quite battererd. Could my adult be responsible? And why can’t I find my .information about adult and baby pleco being together? Was quits upset because really look after my fish and more upset because I have to try and explain it to his previous owner. Could anyone give me any advice please about what I should do in the future and why you think my baby died. Thank you for all who reply

  55. nicky

    On August 10, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Hi everyone I have a dilemma, you see I was given a young common pleco not two days ago because it\’s previous owner couldn\’t look after it anymore. However I put him in with my adult pleco to see how they would be because I wasn\’t sure how he would react. I read up several articles to help me decide if I should introduce these fish and I went of the instinct that the adult plecos parental ability would kick in and to be honest they
    were fine together whenever I looked. Unfortunately this morning I Wiley to find my baby no where to be seen. Looking around I found him lying on the floor behind some bogwood in my tank. As I fetched him out I noticed his fins were torn and he looked quite battererd. Could my adult be responsible? And why can\’t I find my .information about adult and baby pleco being together? Was quits upset because really look after my fish and more upset because I have to try and explain it to his previous owner. Could anyone give me any advice please about what I should do in the future and why you think my baby died. Thank you for all who reply

  56. nicky

    On August 10, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Hi everyone I have a dilemma, you see I was given a young common pleco not two days ago because it’s previous owner couldn’t look after it anymore. However I put him in with my adult pleco to see how they would be because I wasn’t sure how he would react. I read up several articles to help me decide if I should introduce these fish and I went of the instinct that the adult plecos parental ability would kick in and to be honest they
    were fine together whenever I looked. Unfortunately this morning I went find my baby no where to be seen. Looking around I found him lying on the floor behind some bogwood in my tank. As I fetched him out I noticed his fins were torn and he looked quite battererd. Could my adult be responsible? And why can’t I find any.information about adult and baby pleco being together? Was quite upset because really look after my fish and more upset because I have to try and explain it to his previous owner. Could anyone give me any advice please about what I should do in the future and why you think my baby died. Thank you for all who reply

  57. Me

    On August 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    We are moving 12 hours away. I have a tank with two gold fish and a Pleco. I also have a smaller tank with a Betta. Anybody have any idea on how I can move these guys with us?

  58. Wendy

    On August 31, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I just bought my albino suckerfish, he has vanished!!!! I have looked all over and in everything in the tank. I also have 2 sunset wagtail platy’s. Could they have eaten the suckerfish??? Do they burrow?? Help

  59. venus

    On October 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I bought a sucker fish and have had him for about 6 months and he was doing great until the last month. he was just a baby when i got him now hes about 8 inches long. hes in a 55 gallon tank and the only one we have because we never had an algea problem we just like sucker fish. he has always eaten the fish flacks (tropical) and i give him the algea waffers about 3 times a week and he was always fine i was so happy to watch him grow so big in suck little time. Now in the last month ive noticed he does not come out of this fake hollow tree log thing we have in there lol im mean he really hasent moved from out of there so last week i took it out so i could see him and noticed that some of his scales have fallon off i thought maybe it was because he was up in the tree thing and they rubbed off but since i took that out he has been sucked to the glass by the heater and hasent moved from that spot in 2 weeks i really think something is wrong he hasent been eating anything what could be wrong????

  60. Desarae

    On March 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I have had my sucker fish for about 5years and recently our electric was off for 2days due too down power lines and bad snow.. I know the water in the tank got extremely cold .. This morning he was laying on his side but hes still breathing.. I pulled him from the tank and put him in a smaller warmer tank. What should i do? Will i be able to save my fish? Please help!

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